Leading Doctor Questioned Medical Standards Prior To TEF 1
Following the death of a fighter due to injuries suffered at an MMA Event, a leading Irish neurologist attempted to have it postponed three months prior, due to issues surrounding fighter safety.
Peter Carroll of MMA Fighting has reported that Prof. Daniel Healy called for the postponement of TEF 1 three months prior to its fight date of April 9th, 2016.
The event which took place in The National Stadium in Dublin was beset by the tragic death of Joao Carvalho, who died two days after his TKO loss to Charlie Ward.
On Thursday, Healy, a co-founder of Safe MMA Ireland, testified that he had reached out to the TEF promoter in an attempt to postpone the event due to a lack of medical standards being met.
“Three months before the event, I had a telephone conversation with Mr. Cesar Silva,” Healy told the court.
“I explained to him at the time that professional boxing standards must be met to put on an MMA event in Ireland. Then there were a series of e-mails between January and April 2016 — all of which I can supply if necessary — during those I explained that professional boxing standards were required for MMA events in Ireland, that was the Minister of Sport’s recommendation.”
“Mr. Silva indicated that there was a limited budget for this event and that Safe MMA and boxing standards were impossible. I suggested postponing the event until the safety standards could be cleared.”
Detective superintendent Paul Cleary told the court that Carvalho sustained 41 blows to the head during his 80 kg (176 lbs) catchweight fight against Ward.
Per Carroll’s report, Emergency technicians were force to carry Carvalho through a crowded hall at the stadium to an ambulance, was transported to the hospital on the floor of the ambulance, and would die two days later on April 11th.
The inquest jury returned a verdict of misadventure on Thursday evening. At an inquest last March, the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) directed no criminal prosecutions in relation to Carvalho’s death.
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